Last year, some controversy began stirring up among the Rankin Bass films, specifically Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. It’s back again just in time for Christmas films to air! HuffPost was the first publication to deem Rudolph as “problematic,” which sparks a debate on Twitter between the publication and tons of other Twitter users.
Rudolph is a coming-of-age story about overcoming adversity. Despite Rudolph (and Herbie, too) being ostracized from his own crowd, they all put their differences aside and make amends to move forward with the task at hand. In conclusion, the movie ends up becoming solely about inclusion, forgiveness, and not judging a book by its cover.
Is ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’ problematic?
The holiday TV classic "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer" is seriously problematic. 😳 https://t.co/dOgqPF3bAP
— HuffPost (@HuffPost) November 29, 2018
The tweet above sparks the initial controversy, along with the message, “The holiday TV classic “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer” is seriously problematic.” It also contains a video with their explanation. The video pulls tweets from other users, including HuffPost contributors, claiming the movie promotes homophobia, racism, and bigotry.
Some examples that people gave include Donner “verbally abusing” Rudolph into wearing the false nose over his real nose. Another example includes the promotion of “bullying” by the coach stating that Rudolph can’t participate in the reindeer games and urging the others to bully Rudolph.
What are other people saying?
For example, some people think it’s a problematic movie, others argue.
Remember the true meaning of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. pic.twitter.com/69J7lSCgwd
— Brandon Tozzo (@BrandonTozzo) November 30, 2019
However, it looks like a majority of people are in favor of the timeless Christmas classic.
This is what happens when you have a world filled with sensitive snowflakes.
Smh at this one.
Fucking ridiculous man.https://t.co/F7BwCD1ts0
— 🄿🄹 🄱🅄🄲🄺🄴🅈🄴 🄵🄰🄽 (@PjKaga) November 27, 2019
Some people just want to enjoy the magic of Christmas and the movies that come with it without politicizing everything.
THIS WAS THE EARLY 60’d DIFF TIME/ CULTURE! THE POINT WAS TO OVER COME BULLYING AND ACCEPT YOURSELF NO MATTER WHAT OTHERS THOUGHT AND HE GAINED CONFIDENCE IN HIMSELF AND BECAME THE STAR REINDEER AND EVERYONE PUT HIS DIFFERENCE TO THE SIDE AND ACCEPTED HIM FOR WHO HE WAS! STOP
— SiSi (@sierralee03) November 29, 2018
One Twitter user got pretty angry and would explain what the true essence of Rudolph is about. They mention the obvious time/culture difference of 2019 versus the ’60s.
Not including the tweets promoted in HuffPost’s video, it appears that the majority of responses to the post were not in agreement with the publication’s views of the movie. Many people are mad, there is a lot of confusion, and most just can’t stand the politicization of a harmless Christmas film. Despite what some people may think, this movie still ranks as America’s most beloved Christmas film.
In conclusion, what do you think about HuffPost’s claims on Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer? Do you think politics and biased opinions should be taken out of Christmas movies completely?
Check out the video below of “There’s Always Tomorrow” sung by Clarice in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.